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Stanley Cavell: Philosophy's Recounting of the Ordinary

Stephen Mulhall


The author of the book presents a full-length philosophical study of the work of Stanley Cavell, best known for his highly influential contributions to the fields of film studies, Shakespearian literary criticism, and the confluence of psychoanalysis and literary theory. It is not properly appreciated that Cavell's project originated in his interpretation of Austin's and Wittgenstein's philosophical interest in the criteria governing ordinary language, and is given unity by an abiding concern with the nature and the varying cultural manifestations of the sceptical impulse in modernity. This bo ... More

Keywords: Stanley Cavell, ordinary language, modernity, Romanticism, moral pefectionism, Thoreau, liberal-democratic political theory, Emerson, Christian religious thought, feminist literary studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Mulhall, author
New College, Oxford
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